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Panasas Channel Leader Recognized as 2017 CRN Channel Chief

Philip Crocker named Channel Chief for second straight year after Panasas channel momentum spikes

SUNNYVALE, Calif – February 21, 2017 – Panasas®, the leader in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Philip Crocker, director of global channel marketing and sales enablement, to its prestigious list of 2017 Channel Chiefs. This marks the second consecutive year that Crocker has been named a Channel Chief.

Under Crocker’s leadership in 2016, Panasas doubled the size of its Panasas Accelerate Partner Program to 130 partners. In addition, channel revenue grew from 60 percent of total revenue in 2014 to 79 percent of revenue in 2016, with the biggest gains being made in the critical federal government, manufacturing, and media and entertainment verticals.

Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN’s editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs.

“The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy and helping to advance the channel as a whole,” said Bob Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year.”

“It’s a privilege to be selected as a CRN Channel Chief for a second straight year,” said Crocker. “Panasas made major progress in 2016 across several key verticals, delivering high-performance storage solutions that are reliable and simple to use. As the numbers illustrate, our channel-first approach played a huge role in that success.” The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at

About The Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

About Panasas
Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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